For those considering weight loss surgery, the top three choices are adjustable gastric band, gastric bypass, and gastric sleeve surgeries. Each type of surgery has it’s own set of risks and benefits. In this series of blogs we will look at the benefits of adjustable gastric band surgery compared to gastric band and gastric bypass.
Gastric band surgery, sometimes called Lap BandⓇ or RealizeⓇ band, involves a surgeon inserting a ring around the stomach creating a new smaller stomach pouch. The ring can be adjusted by the surgeon using saline to change the size of the new usable stomach pouch. With a smaller stomach pouch, less food can be consumed at one time. This leads to the person consuming less food, and thus less calories, leading to weight loss.
Gastric band surgery is the most affordable bariatric surgery option offered by Dr. Shillingford. While prices vary from surgeon to surgeon, Dr. Shillingford’s price schedule has gastric band surgery costing $8000 less than gastric bypass surgery and nearly $1500 less than gastric sleeve. While cost alone should not be a determining factor, it is something worth considering.
As the cost of gastric band surgery is nearly half that of gastric bypass, it is the most affordable option for those considering weight loss surgery. In fact, the cost for a couple to both undergo adjustable gastric band surgery is just a little more than one person having a gastric bypass. This would enable the couple to share the experience of weight loss surgery together. Studies show that having someone to share a weight loss journey with helps improve success.
While considering the out of pocket cost of the adjustable gastric band procedure, it is worth mentioning the potential cost of comorbidities often associated with obesity. Obesity is often linked with stroke, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, and sleep apnea. While a person with morbid obesity may or may not experience one or more of these comorbidities, each health condition is associated with its own potential out of pocket costs including medicine, hospitalizations, loss of income due to absenteeism, and medical equipment. The costs to treat each of these conditions over the course of a lifetime could easily outnumber the costs associated with an adjustable gastric band.
If you are considering bariatric surgery, set up a free informational session with Dr. Shillingford by calling (561) 483-8840. Since Dr. Shillingford offers adjustable lap band, gastric sleeve, and gastric bypass surgeries, he can discuss with you the type of surgery that best suits your life and your needs. Dr. Shillingford’s patients come from all over South Florida, including Boyton Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, and the Palm Beaches.